Control of Markets in Foucault’s The Birth of Biopolitics

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 3:01 pm

Foucault’s neoliberalism isn’t what libertarians think it should be. Government has a role to play: quashing turbo-capitalism.


Ukraine via The Chicago School

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 12:10 pm

Some American commentators close to the Obama administration are touting the coup in Kiev as a successful tit for tat for Russia’s obstruction of U.S. war plans against Syria and its broader imperialist agenda. However, the Europeans, who get a lot of their gas from Russia, are split over joining ‘a coalition of the willing’.

Liberalism and the Neoliberal Reaction

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 10:49 am

The Birth of Biopolitics describes the history of several transitions in the forms of government.

A Starting Place for Combatting Neoliberal Theory

By: Friday March 7, 2014 10:54 am

Our only chance to save the middle class is to insist that the Democratic Party and any sane Republicans publicly disavow the failed theories of neoliberalism.

Liberalism Is Dead, Now What?: Two Cheers for Bhaskar Sunkara by LeGauchiste

By: Monday May 27, 2013 2:35 pm

Bhaskar Sunkara’s recent essay in The Nation, Letter to ‘The Nation’ From a Young Radical, argues persuasively that American liberalism is “practically ineffective and analytically inadequate” to the twin political tasks of mobilizing supporters and generating policy.

Utopian Colonies and the Deep Roots of Occupy

By: Saturday January 19, 2013 12:45 pm

Simply maintaining a belief in the existence of legitimate conflict, and making allowance for it even in the midst of a heated debate, is a very liberal sensibility. It’s worth claiming as our own and holding onto, even (especially) when it is most tempting to discard it.

Why the Anti-Morsi Protesters Are Right

By: Sunday December 9, 2012 7:00 pm

The stakes are high, and can be encapsulated in this predicament: Will Egypt complete the transition from Mubarak’s authoritarian regime to a consolidated democracy or will it eventually — soon — produce another authoritarian regime, this one dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, its allies and the military?

The Hiding of Liberalism

By: Friday October 19, 2012 11:40 am

You can assess these arguments on their own. But I would say that the agenda at the upper echelon of the Democratic Party has narrowed over the past 50 years, and it’s not like the safety net is so stable and robust that there’s nothing more to do. In fact, our social safety net is among the tiniest in the industrialized world. But poor people don’t have lobbyists, and that’s how Washington works these days.

FDA Seeks “Voluntary” Limits on Antibiotics in Livestock

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 1:00 pm

Instead of setting clear limits, or just banning multiple types of antibiotics for use in livestock (as this legislation from Louise Slaughter would do), the FDA just prescribed “voluntary limits.” Why? Because they’ve been trying to ban antibiotics in livestock since 1977. And agribusiness along with pharmaceutical companies lobby against it, and it doesn’t happen. So we’re reduced to begging drugmakers to stop facilitating the fact that the hamburger on our plates is filled with penicillin and tetracycline.

A Good Election Night for Rearguard Actions for Liberals

By: Wednesday November 9, 2011 6:20 am

Dayen gives his assessment of yesterday’s election results. Election Day 2011 is over, and the victories for Democrats – and more accurately, for liberal values – across the country largely shared a characteristic – they were successful defensive actions to stave off extremely draconian conservative objectives.

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